Environmental Services Agency
Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer Division
November 12, 2003
BOARD MEETING DATE:
December 2, 2003
Honorable Board of Supervisors
Marcia Raines, Environmental Services Agency Director
Gail Raabe, Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer
FY 2003-04 Agreement with the California Department of Food and Agriculture for Sudden Oak Death/Oak Mortality Disease Regulation Activities (#03-0547) in an Amount not to Exceed $85,000
Adopt a resolution authorizing the execution of an agreement with the California Department of Food and Agriculture for Sudden Oak Death/Oak Mortality Disease Regulation activities in an amount not to exceed $85,000.
Sudden Oak Death (SOD) is a plant disease that has attacked oaks as well as other trees and plants in 12 coastal California counties including San Mateo County. SOD poses a significant threat to oak trees and their habitats/ecosystems. State, federal and Canadian quarantines imposed on all infested counties have impacted the ability of the County's nursery industry to ship plants. Nursery stock cannot move outside the quarantine area without certification from the local Agricultural Commissioner.
This contractual agreement will reimburse the Agricultural Commissioner for costs associated with the SOD pest prevention and regulatory activities from July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004. County activities will include detection surveys, agricultural quarantine inspections, certification of plant material and the issuance of compliance agreements to affected parties such as nurseries, green waste producers and processors, cut green dealers, firewood dealers, and unprocessed wood product dealers and harvestors. Frequency of inspections, regulatory visits, compliance enforcement and survey work may vary depending on the geographic area, host plant availability and disease risk assessment.
The Sudden Oak Death Disease contract with the California Department of Food and Agriculture keeps the commitment of Preserve and Provide People Access to Our Natural Environment and goal number 14: Important natural resources are preserved and enhanced through environmental stewardship. The contract contributes to this commitment and goal by reimbursing the County for pest prevention and regulatory work performed by County staff to reduce the threat of Sudden Oak Death in San Mateo County.
The funding available under this contractual agreement totals $85,000. The contract will reimburse the County for all expenses related to Sudden Oak Death/Oak Mortality Disease Control Regulation activities performed by Division staff during Fiscal Year 2003-04. Contract revenue has been included in the Division's Adopted Budget. There is no net county cost associated with this contract.